Lowdown

  • Established

    1900s. Guest ranch since 2010
  • Owner

    James E. Manley
  • Manager

    Jeremy Belnap
  • Tel

    877-786-1545
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $2,000 - $20,000
    Winter: $2,000 - $10,000
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $900
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 5 days
    Winter: 4 days
  • Maximum Guests

    125
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Large family reunions, Corporate Retreats, Weddings
  • Memberships

    Relais & Chateaux, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Network, Virtuoso, Signature, Andrew Harper, AFAR, Kiwi Collection
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

The Ranch at Rock Creek is the world's first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch. A Relais & Chåteaux property, this all-inclusive luxury guest ranch brings together upscale amenities and wide open spaces like never before.

Set among 10 square miles of rugged Montana ranchland just outside historic Philipsburg, Montana, The Ranch offers guests over 30 outdoor recreational activities, 29 unique accommodations featuring four different styles (lodge rooms, canvas cabins (glamping), historic barn and luxury homes), memorable ranch cuisine, and a full-service spa. Families, couples and friends will discover that The Ranch at Rock Creek is a special place that offers the best of America's “true West” without sacrificing true comfort.

Our activities program, like everything at The Ranch at Rock Creek, is designed with individual tastes, preferences, and needs in mind. Everything is included here - horseback riding on trails that weave among stunning 6000+ acres, fly fishing on our stretch of Blue Ribbon Rock Creek, fishing our stocked trout ponds, wildlife watching, target shooting, ropes course, hiking, biking and evening entertainment in The Silver Dollar Saloon are all popular pursuits. In the summer months, guests enjoy a weekly rodeo, breakfast ride and barn dance. Open year round, The Ranch becomes a winter wonderland with adventures including cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowcat tours, sleigh rides, snowga and snowmobiling just outside the door. Alpine skiers and snowboarders can join The Ranch's Ski Concierge to enjoy nearby Discover Ski Area - included in the nightly rate. Weather permitting, horsebacking and target shooting are available as well.

In the spring and fall, The Ranch features special offers for anglers, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, and couples who want to reconnect under the big Montana sky. The Buckle Barn, which includes a library, expo kitchen and grand hall, is wonderful venue for group events such as weddings, retreats, team building, musical performans, group yoga, barn dances, and grand dinners and receptions.

Good time to go

The most popular time to visit is May through October due to all-inclusive activity offerings. However, spring and fall are prime fly fishing and horseback riding seasons. Winter is gaining in popularity as The Ranch now includes all-inclusive downhill skiing and snowboarding at nearby Discovery Ski Area, in addition to over a dozen included on-Ranch winter sports. Seasonal celebrations including Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Autumn Harvest Weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 4 and over

Whether it’s pretending to be cowboys or learning to be outdoor explorers, Montana has limitless ways for kids to realize their dreams – and at The Ranch at Rock Creek, we always enjoy sharing this unique part of the world with them. We encourge families to participate in our guided outdoor activities together. The Ranch is a wonderful vacation spot for families with children of different ages because of the array of activities that are available.

Flint's Forest Rangers is available as a featured activity for children ages 4-12. These supervised, fun and educational sessions take place in the morning and afternoon throughout the week. Each day features a theme, from Rivers & Ponds to Cowboys & Horses to Ranching History.

Minimum age children can ride

9 and over

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching, Decorating cookies, popsicle stick creations, tie dying, face painting, nature walks, swimming and so much more

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, supervised swimming, Sand castle building, cooking class, and more

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, soccer, bowling, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, ring toss, hula hoop, shuffleboard, and more

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 12. Hourly cost $Varies.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Must be pre-arranged.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

The Ranch is proud of its responsible stewardship of the ranch land and Rock Creek. Rock Creek is one of few American waterways that has earned the Blue Ribbon status. Our guides and guest practice catch and release at all times to preserve this viable fishery. The freestone mountain stream boasts seven species of fish: Westslope cutthroat, rainbow, cut-bow, brown, brookie, bull and the Rocky Mountain whitefish.

Community

The Ranch at Rock Creek is dedicated to serving the Granite County community and surrounding area through the support of local organizations and events that improve the lives of our fellow citizens. We host prom for our local high school every year and host the annual fundraiser event for our local hospital foundation.

Conservation

The Ranch is unique because our sustainability path has actually been in our property’s plans since The Ranch opened. Our location and role as a working ranch means that we naturally partner with our neighbors and nearby ranches in the area. We naturally coexist with our surroundings by the activities that we offer, the food that we prepare and the accommodations that we have built for our guests.

In 2014, Activities Director Patrick Little founded our Clark Fork Cleanup effort. Volunteers from The Ranch at Rock Creek and partner organizations have removed three tons of trash and recyclables from the Clark Fork River. In 2016, we removed 800 lbs. of trash from Rock Creek. In 2019, we partnered with the Westslope Chapter of Trout Unlimited to install fish screens on irrigation diversions on our four miles of private access on Rock Creek. Installing a screen at the headgate, prevents fish from getting stuck in the ditch. In the process of installing a fish screen, the irrigation infrastructure used to divert water from the stream is typically updated to the latest technology.

Our team has successfully eliminated single-use plastic water bottles across property. We used to buy 40,000-50,000 plastic water bottles a year. Now, we use refillable, glass water bottles and stock all accommodations with these bottles only. In addition, we have replaced all plastic straws with Hay Straws, which are biodegradable straws made from the bi-products of wheat production. The amenities in our bathrooms are now housed in refillable, multi-use bottles, instead of the single-use plastic shampoo and conditioner that are still common in many hotels.

Our entire team has worked hard to decrease vehicle traffic by carpooling to work (for those of us who live in Philipsburg) or walking (if we live in staff housing). To promote this initiative, we all got together and rebuilt the walking path between staff housing and The Ranch, which is just about a mile long. We ask our guests to also consider walking and biking around property to get to meals and activities, as opposed to requiring rides.

Ranch History

Following the Homestead Act of 1862, people over the age of 21 were allowed to claim a federal land grant in the Western territories. As was typical, The Ranch originally began as a mining claim. Nearby Philipsburg came to life during the silver mining boom of the late 1800s. Sapphires were first discovered in the Rock Creek drainage in 1892.

Along side the mining boom, Utah cattle baron Fred Burr introduced cattle ranching to the Flint Creek Valley in the 1850s - a pursuit that has persevered through the decades. In the late 1800s, this land was homesteaded by WW. Shaffer and P.W. White.

It has changed hands through the decades, but has operated continuously as a working cattle ranch during that time. In the 1940s, The Ranch was purchased by F.S. LeGrow. Subsequent owners include a former member of the Roosevelt administration, named Hobson, businessman Bucko Staninger, military officer Paul Burdette, Donna and Dean Strand and Max Watson. Current owner, Jim Manley, spent 20 years looking for the perfect ranch, following his childhood love of the frontier West. Manley searched for specific qualities in a ranch, including a river running through the property and a nearby ski hill. In 2007, his search for the perfect ranch ended. After several years enjoying The Ranch with family and friends, he decided to share the experience with others. He added many wonderful features and it soon became the all-inclusive luxury guest ranch it is today.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    wine provided with dinner
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

The Ranch at Rock Creek kitchen tells a story about Montana stock, wildlife, herb and harvest. With regionally and locally-sourced organic ingredients, Chef Drage's Ranch menus and dining experiences mirror Montana seasonal bounty. Professionally trained in the culinary arts, Chef Drage is celebrated for creating unique Montana ranch cuisine.

Our all-inclusive rates structure includes three meals per day with premium wine, beer and spirits. Snacks and beverages are on hand and in mini-refrigerators in accommodations.

Meals are served in The Granite Lodge and the Buckle Barn (depending on event), with some flexibility to accommodate guests individual schedules and preferences. This way, if you'd rather be out hiking or fishing the evening rise than rushing back for dinner, you won't miss out on The Ranch's remarkable culinary experience.

Guest Favourites

  • grilled Montana wagyu beef bavette
  • The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Bear Trap Cocktail
  • pecan-smoked Montana pork ribs, smoked chicken, jalapeño cheddar grits and blueberry cobbler.

Your Chef, Joshua E. Drage

Cooking has always been a big part of my life. My first meals were simple, but I liked preparing dinner for the family. I always looked up to both of my grandmothers who were great scratch cooks. Dixie would put together huge dutch oven dinners in Logan Canyon for up to one hundred of her friends, I can almost smell the chicken crisping up now. My Grandma Bobbie would take everything from Grandpa Paul’s garden and can it for a later meal. I remember her apricot jam made from fruit off their trees as the best I ever had. They both cooked seasonally and locally - this is how I cook now.

I grew up in a cabin outside of Anchorage, AK in Rainbow Valley. With no electricity, my Mom would bake homemade raisin bread out of her Majestic wood burning oven. After high school I spent one winter skiing in Colorado and working at the Butcher Block in Aspen. It was my first job in the industry. Although I was just making sandwiches, I am sure there are a few skiers who still speak of those legendary lunches I put together in the winter of 1995. I later attended the University of Montana and received a degree in environmental studies, which gave me wonderful insight into the importance of following your food from farm to table.

I enrolled into culinary school at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2002. Upon completion I found a job as a grill cook at Tarbell’s Restaurant, where after a year I became their Sous Chef. I learned many things there, but none more important than the value of genuine customer service. While I enjoyed my work in Arizona, I needed to move back North. I headed back to Montana, which eventually led me to Granite County at The Ranch at Rock Creek.

I buy the majority of my products from local producers who have chosen to dedicate their lives to growing and raising the best. Out of respect for what they do I decided to dedicate my life to cooking and finishing what they started. I get excited to meet our producers because they have invested so much of themselves into their products that their enthusiasm is the real story about the food that is on the table. When I put together a meal I am creating an event for that specific occasion to showcase the farmer’s hard work. There is no need to over manipulate the food, rather accentuating the highlight flavors of the product is what I think is important. When you listen to people speak of food it is the simple things that they keep coming back to, and that is what inspires me. When you cook with passion from within with ingredients that are grown the same way your food has character. With purpose comes excellence and if that is what our pork guys strive for than that is what I too have to strive for.

There is undeniably proper technique in creating good food, because that is how you arrive at the best tasting product. I am not recreating food rather learning the best way to cook quality food. By way of technical discipline and local product I can express myself and the landscape of The Ranch at Rock Creek through great tasting food.

When people come to eat in Montana at The Ranch, I want to further enhance their experience through food. From my point of view, our guests are eating what they should be eating on a ranch in Montana. When the setting and the food come together, that is an unbeatable combination.

Sample Menu

  • Entrées

  • Braised Leg of Organic Lamb with Roma Tomatoes and Mission Mountain Garlic
  • Whole Seared Cod Loin with Preserved Lemons, Fingerling Potatoes, Cippolinni Onions, and Brussel Sprouts
  • Dry Rubbed and Roasted Bone In Miller Farms Pork Loin with Yukon Potato Gnocchi, Delicatta Squash Parsnips, and Fried Sage
  • Brined Hutterite Chickens with a Golden White Wine Gravy, Tuscan White Bean Puree, and Charred Tomatoes
  • Desserts

  • Praline Pecan Bread Pudding
  • Apples of Paradise, Tarte Tatin and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Paradise MT Rum Cake with Cinnamon Spiced Ice Cream

Lowdown

  • Address

    79 Carriage House Lane
    Phillipsburg
    Montana
    59858
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    5280 ft
  • Private Land

    5000-10000 acres

Nearest Town - Philipsburg

Philipsburg has a population of 3,000 (approx), and is situated 20 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Philipsburg include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Philipsburg offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Nearest Airports

Missoula Airport, Missoula

Distance

75 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Horizon, Alaska, United Express

Ranch shuttle

Included in 2022


Butte Airport, Butte

Distance

55 miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Allegiant, Horizon, Alaska

Ranch shuttle

Included in 2022


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Missoula, Butte, Anaconda, Philipsburg

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Ranch shuttle

Inquire for details

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    5
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    70+
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (5000-10000 acres)

With 6600 private acres, you will love our type of riding and outdoor adventures. The Ranch boasts of rollings hills, wildflower meadows, pretty peaks, and spectacular vistas. We back up to several other private ranches, which means that the solitude and peacefulness you experience is beyond compare. Because of our user-friendly terrain, we forge our own trails and ride openly through the property instead of following set trails. This way, you’re always seeing something fresh and your ride is far from repetitive.You’ll have opportunity to ride to “The Top of the World” where you can see forever and will even be able to view the fabulous Pintler Mountains.

With 6,600 acres to explore and miles of trails, there are always new adventures for all riding levels. Flat creekside trails are best for beginners while treks to peaks and rolling pine trails are enjoyed by intermediate to advanced riders. After you get fitted with boots and a hat, our wranglers ensure you are comfortable on a horse that matches your experience level. 


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We have scheduled daily rides, please check with property to arrange as your daily activity.

Guided rides

All rides are fully guided with a 5:1 ratio. If we have additional people who would like to ride together, we will add another wrangler to that ride. If you would like a private ride, please let us know and we’ll do what we can to work that into your stay here.

Program rides

We offer stagecoach rides and wagon rides in the summer and winter sleigh rides. 

Good to know

Prior to riding, your wrangler will inquire about riding ability. Guests are then encouraged to demonstrate their proficiency in the corral for control, steady hands, and sound seat.

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed

Hours in the saddle

Our riding hours can vary, but above are average approximations.


Why our riding stands out

  • Montana is made for horses and The Ranch at Rock Creek is made for riders. Wide-open skies, sagebrush hillsides and snow-capped peaks are best experienced on horseback.
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Horses and trails for all ability levels

Sample Riding Itinerary


 

Riding Lessons

Details

basic riding lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Arena Work

We offer an array of arena opportunities. 

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

roping from the ground, roping from horseback, barrels, pole bending, rodeo

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $2,000 - $20,000
    Winter: $2,000 - $10,000
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $900
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 5 days
    Winter: 4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Tents, Glamping, Western rustic chic, Luxury 5-Star
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

The Ranch At Rock Creek can cater for up to 125 guests. Accommodation includes Lodges, Rooms, Luxury Tents and Houses. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | The Granite Lodge Rooms

Rates (Per Couple)*

Summer: $3,200 - $3,900
Winter: $2,000 - $2,400
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rates (Additional Info)

All rates are subject to an additional 20% ranch fee.

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

The Granite Lodge sits on a small ridge just west of Rock Creek and is the primary home base during a visit to The Ranch. The great room and the dining room are located here, as well as the Silver Dollar Saloon with the four-lane bowling alley, pool table and 14-foot HD television screen. Also located in a wing of The Lodge, The Mercantile is stocked with beautiful gifts and supplies, while the five-room Spa offers an array of professional treatments. There are 9 rooms in The Granite Lodge.

Rooms

9

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, Handicapped Accessible

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

Room | Historic Barn Rooms

Rates (Per Couple)*

Summer: $3,600 - $5,100
Winter: $2,200 - $3,100
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

The Historic Barn is an original structure dating back to 1882, which was lovingly restored and converted into three luxury accommodations. Each of the 3 rooms can be taken individually, or larger groups and families can occupy the entire barn.

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom, Shared bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, Handicapped Accessible

Entertainment

tv, dvd, vhs, jetted tub in bath

Luxury Tent | Luxury Canvas Cabins

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)*

Summer: $3,800 - $5,100
Winter: $3,100 - $3,800
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rates (Additional Info)

Canvas Cabins are closed mid-October to mid-April.

Minimum Stay

5 nights

Description

For some, the definitive experience at The Ranch is to stay in one of our signature luxury canvas cabins. Yards from Rock Creek, these accommodations offer the best way to feel a part of nature. They are individually furnished in a rustic camp style, but offer private baths, comfortable beds and luxurious bedding, and the murmur of the river running just outside your front door. Rates are per person. The luxury canvas cabins are truly the best of both worlds.

Rooms

10

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes

House | Luxury Log Cabin Homes

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)*

Summer: $4,800 - $14,500
Winter: $3,300 - $9,100
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

5 nights

Description

The Ranch offers 7 Luxury Log Cabin Homes, ranging from the one bedroom Bluebird to the five-bedroom Bear House.

Rooms

8

Bathrooms

Private bathroom, Shared bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, microwave, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer, Handicapped Accessible

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub, jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

We require a 50% deposit in order to make a reservation. If the party were to cancel more than 60 days outside of their scheduled arrival, we can offer a 90% refund based on the reservation total. We will automatically acquire the final payment 60 days prior to the stay, at which time the entire reservation becomes non-refundable. Any changes made to the reservation within 60 days prior to the stay are subject to a 10% penalty fee.

Children: We welcome children of all ages, but recommend six or older to maximize their enjoyment of The Ranch and its amenities. We charge for children ages 6 and older. For children under eight, we have found it best for everyone’s ranch experience that they be under the full-time care of a parent, guardian, or nanny.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, Private transportation included for each guests to and from airports Butte (BTM), Missoula (MSO), and Anaconda. Daily activities for each guest. These activities may be guided. Our inclusive activities are as follows: - Horseback riding: trail rides & arena lessons - Fly fishing: Rock Creek & trout ponds - Shooting: sporting clays/shotgun, rifle & pistol - Archery - Mountain biking - Hiking - Paintball - Little Grizzlies Kids Club - Wildlife watching - Stagecoach rides - Horseshoes - Outdoor swimming pool & hot tub - Cross-country skiing - Snowshoeing - Ice skating - Snowmobiling - Snowcat tours - Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Discovery Ski Area - Sauna - Entertainment in the Silver Dollar Saloon: bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, movie cinema & board games

Extras

Tax

The 20% Ranch fee added to every booking covers taxes, cleaning fees, and staff gratuity.

Gratuity

The 20% Ranch fee added to every booking covers taxes, cleaning fees, and staff gratuity.

Massage

Massages are an additional cost, but can be worked into your itinerary when planning your stay.

Other

*All room rates are subject to a 20% ranch fee. The following are not included in the listed room rates: - Spa treatments - Reserve wine list - Private sessions with guides/instructors - Off-Ranch excursions for fishing and/or sightseeing

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Cell Networks

    verizon. Cell service is limited, Verizon is the best carrier..
  • Business Services

    Conference center, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Shopping

The Ranch at Rock Creek Mercantile features all things Cowboy Couture.

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, Yoga, Golf - 18 hole course, sporting clays, wagon rides, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays, fly fishing, pistol shooting, rifle shooting, sapphire mining, archery, hiking, UTV tours, ropes course, frontier skills, master naturalist walks, disc golf, photography, geocaching, Respite on Rock Creek,

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, river floating

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage, scrubs, facials, Saddle Sore Soak

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, winter ice fishing, Ice skating, hockey, horseback riding, skeet shooting, sleigh rides


Fishing & Wildlife

The property boasts 4 1/2 miles of pristine tumbling wild trout water and is filled with one of the state’s highest fish counts and one of the few places you can catch 7 species of fish.

Fishing on offer

fly, river, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, unguided, instruction available

Wildlife

Elk, mule deer, white tail deer, bald & golden eagles, grouse, moose, big horn sheep and many small mammals and other birds


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 50-75.

We can host up to 125 guests. We offer buyout options for corporate retreats, family reunions or weddings.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 75-100.

As the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ranch, our historic Montana property hosts one-of-a-kind destination weddings. Ten square miles of river, forest, valley and vista provide almost limitless opportunities for breathtaking ceremonies, intimate brunches and festive receptions. Ranch weddings are designed to avoid the stress associated with metropolitan venues and destination wedding arrangements in tourist hubs. We offer custom, fully inclusive weddings for up to 125 guests with a property buyout.

We offer elopements and small weddings for couples with on-site wedding coordination and ceremony for a simple fee in addition to our all-inclusive rates.


Local Attractions

Phillipsburg

The historic town of Philipsburg – Long the county seat of Granite County, Philipsburg has a rich history in mining and ranching. The roots of the area started as a booming mining town in the late 1800's. It's historic downtown is full of beautifully restored buildings from that era. Today these buildings are full of friendly shops, saloons, and other enjoyable establishments. Situated 30 miles south of I-90 on the famous Pintler Scenic Loop, also known as Montana Highway 1, the picturesque town is halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier Parks, and only about an hour from the Missoula (78 miles) and Butte (52 miles) airports. Per the location, the area offers many outdoor attractions - all year long. Philipsburg is the perfect headquarters in the Rocky Mountains for recreation any time of year. The town lies at an elevation of 5280 feet, and is within a 30 mile drive of two National Wilderness Areas. With the Sapphire Mountains on the west, the Flint Range on the east, and the Pintler Mountain Range to the south, you'll have a spectacular view no matter which way you look. Home to 930 people in the town itself, and 2,632 in the county.

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

free!


Discovery Ski Basin

On property, we offer snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and our own ice skating pond. For winter sports, we are minutes away from Discovery Ski Area and miles of nearby snowmobiling trails.

Ranch shuttle

free!

Rental car

4x4 recommended


Granite Ghost Town

Hector Horton first discovered silver in the general area in 1865. In the autumn of 1872 the Granite mine was discovered by a prospector named Holland. The mine was relocated in 1875. This is one of the best of all ghost camps. This was the richest silver mine on the earth, and it might never have been discovered if a telegram from the east hadn't been delayed. The miner's backers thought the venture was hopeless and ordered an end to its operation, but the last blast on the last shift uncovered a bonanza, which yielded $40,000,000. In the silver panic of 1893, word came to shut the mine down. The mine was deserted for three years, never again would it reach the population it once had of 3,000 miners. Today there is no one living in the camp. The shell of the Miners' Union Hall still stands. The roof supports have caved to the bottom floor, the third-floor dance hall, second-floor union offices, and ground-floor saloon/cafe are about to collapse together. The company hospital still stands.

Ranch shuttle

free!

Highs

  • Visually stunning, it’s an artist's dream backdrop and appealing for those looking for a rustic setting, yet boasts all the luxuries and conveniences you’ll need
  • Tailor-made experiences, but with no strict schedule. There’s a weekly authentic rodeo or try their dedicated five-room, full-service spa
  • Five-star hospitality and service where their goal is to enhance your ranch experience through food and wine
  • Winter season offers an ideal alternative to busy, expensive resorts, with phenomenal skiing just minutes away. The ski resort is authentic, quaint and exclusive

Lows

  • High-end and detail-oriented comes with a high price tag, making this ranch one of the most expensive in our line-up, but with tailor-made experiences and exceptional service, it is beyond worth it

Visitor Reviews

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Ranch Perfection

My husband and I just returned from four wonderful nights at Rock Creek. Everything was wonderful from arrival until sadly we had to leave. The lodge and accommodations are spectacular. We stayed in one of the tents by the creek. The meals were all excellent. There are more activities then we possibly do. Our main focus was horseback riding and we had so much fun on trail rides, arena lessons and roping lessons. We also did the 3D archery and couldn't believe how much we enjoyed it. The instruction was great. What really makes the Rock Creek Ranch experience a standout are the employees. They are warm, welcoming and seemed to know what we wanted before we did. The horse instructors have the patience of Job with a great sense of humor also. We can't wait to return.

5 stars

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